Best Dry Puppy Foods

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Best Dry Puppy Food

Puppy owners like to ask…

What’s the Best
Dry Food for Puppies?

But how could a one-size-fits-all dry puppy food be “best” for every puppy?

After all…

There are 2 different TYPES of dry puppy food.

One designed for large breed puppies.

And another for smaller breeds.

Unfortunately…

Choosing the wrong food (one that contains too much calcium) could cause permanent bone damage to your puppy.1 2 3

Including a crippling form of hip dysplasia.

Especially for certain breeds.

Which is why I urge you to choose a dog food that’s designed to be safe for YOUR puppy’s breed size.

What’s Your Puppy’s
Breed Size?

Large breed puppies are those whose adult weight is expected to be over 50 pounds.

Now…

Because larger breeds are at greater risk for hip dysplasia

And since smaller breeds can safely eat a wider selection of dry puppy foods

The Dog Food Advisor has created a special list of puppy foods that are best for EACH breed size.

Top 20 Best Dry Puppy Foods
December 2018

Here are our top 20 best dry puppy food brands for December 2018.

Click the links below to compare price and package sizes at an online retailer.

Wellness Core Large Breed Puppy Food

Wellness Core Grain Free Large Breed Puppy

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, peas, dried ground potatoes, turkey meal,
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 39%, a fat level of 16% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 38%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Farmina N&D Small and Medium Breed Puppy Food

Farmina N&D Small and Medium Breed Puppy

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, dehydrated chicken, potato, chicken fat, dehydrated egg product
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 46%, a fat level of 24% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 22%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Hill's Science Diet Large Breed Puppy Food

Hill’s Science Diet Large Breed Puppy

Rating: ★★★★☆

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, whole grain wheat, whole grain oats, whole grain sorghum, corn gluten meal
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 30%, a fat level of 14% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 48%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 4 stars.

Highly recommended.


Taste of the Wild Grain Free High Prairie Dry Puppy Food

Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy

Rating: ★★★★☆

  • First 5 ingredients: Buffalo, lamb meal, sweet potatoes, egg product, pea protein
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 31%, a fat level of 19% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 42%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 4 stars.

Highly recommended.


Diamond Naturals Small Breed Dry Puppy Food

Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy

Rating: ★★★★½

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, ground white rice, chicken fat, pea protein
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 24% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 32%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural Grain-Free

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Turkey meal, chicken meal, peas, dried egg, pea starch
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 42%, a fat level of 22% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 28%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Orijen Large Puppy Dog Food

Orijen Puppy Large

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, yellowtail flounder, whole eggs, whole atlantic mackerel
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 43%, a fat level of 18% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 31%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Blue Buffalo Wilderness Large Breed Puppy Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Large Breed Puppy

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, peas, pea protein, tapioca starch
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 39%, a fat level of 16% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 38%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Wellness Complete Health Small Breed Puppy Puppy Dog Food

Wellness Complete Health Small Breed Puppy

Rating: ★★★★½

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, chicken meal, oatmeal, salmon meal, ground barley
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 31%, a fat level of 21% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 40%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Iams ProActive Health Smart Large Breed Puppy Dog Food

Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy Large Breed

Rating: ★★★★☆

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, ground whole grain corn, ground whole grain sorghum, chicken by-product meal, corn
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 29%, a fat level of 16% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 48%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 4 stars.

Highly recommended.


Instinct Raw Boost Grain Free Puppy

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, peas, chickpeas
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 37%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 35%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Merrick Grain Free Chicken and Sweet Potato Recipe Puppy Dog Food

Merrick Grain-Free Puppy Food

Rating: ★★★★☆

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, potatoes, peas, sweet potatoes
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 32%, a fat level of 14% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 47%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 4 stars.

Highly recommended.


Solid Gold Barking at the Moon High Protein Grain Free Dog Food

Solid Gold Barking at the Moon

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef, ocean fish meal, potato protein, potatoes, dried eggs
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 46%, a fat level of 22% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 24%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Purina Pro Plan Focus Large Breed Puppy Dog Food

Purina Pro Plan Focus Large Breed Puppy

Rating: ★★★★☆

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal, whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 32%, a fat level of 15% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 45%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 4 stars.

Highly recommended.


Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy Dog Food

Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy

Rating: ★★★★☆

  • First 5 ingredients: Lamb meal, oatmeal, ground brown rice, dehulled barley, rice
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 28%, a fat level of 13% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 51%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 4 stars.

Highly recommended.


Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Small Breed  Puppy Dog Food Chicken and Oatmeal

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Small Breed Puppy

Rating: ★★★★½

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, oatmeal, barley, menhaden fish meal
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 32%, a fat level of 19% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 41%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Victor Grain Free Active Dog and Puppy Super Premium Dog Food

Victor Grain-Free Active Dog and Puppy

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Beef meal, sweet potato, chicken meal, peas, chicken fat
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 18% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 38%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Wellness Core Small Breed Grain Free Puppy Dog Food

Wellness Core Small Breed Puppy

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, chicken meal, turkey meal, peas, chicken fat
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 42%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 30%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Dr. Tim's Grain Free Kinesis Formula Dry Dog Food

Dr. Tim’s Grain-Free Kinesis Formula

Rating: ★★★★★

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, dried white potatoes, dried field peas, chicken fat, tapioca
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 36%, a fat level of 20% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 36%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 5 stars.

Highly recommended.


Whole Earth Farms Dry Puppy Recipe Dog Food

Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe

Rating: ★★★★☆

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Pearled Barley, Chicken Fat
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies

Label analysis reveals a dry matter protein content of 29%, a fat level of 14% and an estimated carbohydrate share of about 49%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Read our brand review to learn why this product earns 4 stars.

Highly recommended.


References

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  2. Richardson, Skeletal diseases of the growing dog: Nutritional influences and the role of diet, Canine Hip Dysplasia: A Symposium Held at Western Veterinary Conference, 1995
  3. Hazewinkel HAW. Nutrition in relation to skeletal growth deformities. J Sm Anim Practice. 1989; 30:525-630
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